Student killed during burglary at New Jersey college fraternity

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A student was shot and killed Monday during a burglary at a fraternity house near the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the university president said in a statement.

The burglary took place around 3:30 a.m. at Tau Kappa Epsilon on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Newark, NJIT President Joel Bloom said.

Joseph Micalizzi, 23, of Freehold, was pronounced dead about 90 minutes later at University Hospital, the Essex County prosecutor’s office said.

“This is a tragic time for the student’s family, friends and the entire NJIT campus and we extend our thoughts and prayers to all affected,” Bloom said. “There is no imminent threat to NJIT’s campus.”

Micalizzi was a member of the fraternity and the mechanical engineering major was in his second year at NJIT after transferring from Brookdale Community College in Monmouth County. He made the dean’s list in the fall, Bloom said.

Details on a service for the slain student were not yet available.

The investigation was ongoing and no arrests have been made, the prosecutor’s office said.

NJIT offered a $10,000 reward leading to the successful prosecution of the person or persons responsible.

The fraternity’s website says the chapter was founded in 1965 and “promotes scholarship, leadership, character, teamwork, service, athletics, and brotherhood.”

NJIT has 11,325 students who mainly pursue degrees in science and technology.

Counselors were made available to students and faculty members.

The fraternity is across the street from the Rutgers-Newark campus, near where a Rutgers student was shot and killed in a double shooting last month.

Shani Patel, of Toms River, was gunned down inside an off-campus apartment. The 21-year-old’s roommate, who graduated last year, was wounded. No arrests have been made in that shooting.

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